Innovation fund

Applications are now open for the 2018 funding round and close at 5pm on Friday 11 May 2018.

The ACT Government has established the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund to encourage and support new approaches to increasing the supply of affordable housing in the ACT.

The focus of the Innovation Fund is to increase the supply of affordable rental housing options for households who are in housing stress in the private rental market, or are looking for options other than public housing.

We are looking to support pilot projects, and provide funding to support the initial stages of innovative new programs until they can become self-sustaining.

Organisations are invited to apply for funding to support projects within one or more of the following categories:

CategoryDescription Grants available
Affordable Rental Real Estate Management Landlords provide their property to either a not-for-profit real estate agency or to another social housing provider to be rented out to eligible low income tenants at below market rent. $5,000 - $230,000
Home Sharing Homeowners with a spare room in their own property are matched with low income tenants seeking affordable rental accommodation, in exchange for providing assistance around the house. $5,000 - $220,000
Co-Housing A group of interested purchasers come together and collectively design and fund their own multi-unit housing project. $5,000 - $50,000

Applicants should read the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund Guidelines for further information about the objectives of the Fund, links to similar programs operating elsewhere, and the criteria for assessment of applications.

All applications must be submitted via the online form at the SmartyGrants Innovation Fund website. You will be guided through the steps you need to take to complete and submit your form. Please note that hardcopy or email applications will not be accepted.

For more information about the Innovation Fund and the application process, please contact:

Michaela Watts
Innovation Fund Program Officer
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Phone: (02) 6207 1831
Email: affordablehousing@act.gov.au

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